“…the main concern of community activities is now increasingly about public participation, rather than public competence [of science].”
A recent study in Public Understanding of Science reveals that individuals that report “high” interest in science and technology make up a majority of the members of the general public who participate in science/policy decision making. Yet some that are very interested actually may lack a basic science competence, and what good is any discussion w........ Read more »
Mejlgaard, N., & Stares, S. (2009) Participation and competence as joint components in a cross-national analysis of scientific citizenship. Public Understanding of Science, 19(5), 545-561. DOI: 10.1177/0963662509335456
Ok. Bits of this film are little grim, but it’s worth it. Well, go on then! Amazing right? And yes, it’s real! I have to admit I double-checked the date when my friend forwarded me the National Geographic link, but April first it was not. Researchers at the University of Pittsburg’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative [...]... Read more »
Bock, C., Kiskinis, E., Verstappen, G., Gu, H., Boulting, G., Smith, Z., Ziller, M., Croft, G., Amoroso, M., & Oakley, D. (2011) Reference Maps of Human ES and iPS Cell Variation Enable High-Throughput Characterization of Pluripotent Cell Lines. Cell, 144(3), 439-452. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2010.12.032
Dizziness is a common symptom that increases in frequency with age. Patients, family members and primary care physicians encounter this symptom. Dizziness as a symptom is endorsed by up to 30% in older populations surveys. A recent primary care study looked at a large series of adults 65 and older presenting to their physicians. This study was conducted in 45 group practices in the Netherlands is published in the readily accessed PLOS One. The authors had........ Read more »
Endothelial cells block proliferation and invasiveness of breast & lung cancer cells in vitro by reducing cellular signaling via intracellular pro-tumor & inflammatory pathways. Continue reading →
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Franses, J., Baker, A., Chitalia, V., & Edelman, E. (2011) Stromal Endothelial Cells Directly Influence Cancer Progression. Science Translational Medicine, 3(66), 66-66. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3001542
We’ve talked about the “look inside yourself” strategy in case presentation before. It’s a deceptively simple strategy to minimize bias and to help jurors get in touch with their moral center rather than operating blindly on pre-existing assumptions. Okay, so part of it may be in the delivery by our client Richard– who has a [...]
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Caruso EM, & Gino F. (2011) Blind ethics: Closing one's eyes polarizes moral judgments and discourages dishonest behavior. Cognition, 118(2), 280-5. PMID: 21145538
The "Andromeda Strain" is a 1971 science-fiction film, based on the novel published in 1969 by Michael Crichton. Probably is the best "microbiological" movie. The film is about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. But Andromeda has other surprises. In this fragment, we can see the different sterilization and aseptic procedures taken as a precaution to avoid external contamination. Nowadays we know that some of ........ Read more »
In May, 2010 a truly international and collaborative genomic diagnostic tool was launched. MutaDATABASE is a publicly available, open access, free, online database that provides standardised information on human disease genes, including disease-causing variations. According to a recently published article in Nature Biotechnology: The unprecedented speed and scale with which human sequence variants are being [...]... Read more »
Sherri Bale, Martijn Devisscher, Wim Van Criekinge, Heidi L Rehm, Frederik Decouttere, Robert Nussbaum, Johan T Den Dunnen, & Patrick Willems. (2011) MutaDATABASE: a centralized and standardized DNA variation database. Nature Biotechnology, 117-118. info:/doi:10.1038/nbt.1772
Wish I had know this before when starting in Academia. Really starting your career after all the training you’ve been through, a real challenge. How to start of on the new job.
Important strategies from the medical literature, management practices and hands on experience for “on-boarding”:
Start early, meaning getting toknow your organisation before your start date. [...]
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Gustin, J., & Tulsky, J. (2010) Effective “On-Boarding”: Transitioning from Trainee to Faculty. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 13(10), 1279-1283. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2010.0123
The readers of Antony's blog know enough about the problem. And many in the QSAR community know it too (and many other do not). Chemical structure data is noisy. I haven't recently created a new local data set for analysis, so I have not taken time to blog about it much, but the ambiguity in chemical databases is enormous. Just yesterday, Antony and I had a good discussion about tautomers and in particular how things are linked together.
If we are in the field of property prediction, knowing wh........ Read more »
Be where the conversations are: the critical importance of social media From Business Information Review It has become clear that the website is no longer the most important single online source of information. It is now vital that we pay attention to social media conversations. People and companies have a presence in a wider variety [...]... Read more »
Bradley, P. (2011) Be where the conversations are: The critical importance of social media. Business Information Review, 27(4), 248-252. DOI: 10.1177/0266382110390976
The study of speciation—the formation of new species—has had a long history in evolutionary biology, but the past few decades have seen leaps in how we think about the process that creates biodiversity. We now know that natural selection is almost always heavily involved in the process, and that new species can form even when [...]... Read more »
Rova, E., & Björklund, M. (2011) Can Preference for Oviposition Sites Initiate Reproductive Isolation in Callosobruchus maculatus?. PLoS ONE, 6(1). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014628
Dieting doesn’t work. No really, it doesn’t. Much as people like to talk about how the things they are sticking to are “lifestyle changes”, etc, a lot of them (but not all) are still diets, still ways of restricting your eating, and over 80% of them will fail. By fail, scientists mean that you will [...]... Read more »
Pankevich, D., Teegarden, S., Hedin, A., Jensen, C., & Bale, T. (2010) Caloric Restriction Experience Reprograms Stress and Orexigenic Pathways and Promotes Binge Eating. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(48), 16399-16407. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1955-10.2010
This is sort of a random post, but I remember coming across this paper from 2007 awhile back titled “The quercetin paradox” that shows how quercetin protects against some oxidative damage in a lung cell line but the oxidation product … Continue reading →... Read more »
Jacobs H, Moalin M, Bast A, van der Vijgh WJ, & Haenen GR. (2010) An essential difference between the flavonoids monoHER and quercetin in their interplay with the endogenous antioxidant network. PloS one, 5(11). PMID: 21079733
by PsychBusyBee in ionpsych
Do you take business trips? If so, do you rent a car or take the train, bus, or taxi into town?
What if you are interviewing for a new job? What's the best way to learn where the closest shopping or best pizza place is?
It turns out renting that car might give you a better idea for the city's spatial layout. Continue reading →... Read more »
by Janus in ionpsych
Did you take a foreign language, like Spanish, in high school or college? You might still be able to understand a little Spanish, but you wouldn’t be able to say a whole sentence if your life dependend on it. Even … Continue reading →... Read more »
Warker JA, Xu Y, Dell GS, & Fisher C. (2009) Speech errors reflect the phonotactic constraints in recently spoken syllables, but not in recently heard syllables. Cognition, 112(1), 81-96. PMID: 19398099
A Better Grip: T Cells Strengthen Our Hand against Influenza Clinical Infectious Diseases, 52 (1), 8-9 DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciq018Flu vaccines are important and useful, but also relatively ineffective compared to many other vaccines. Immunity is imperfect, there are many 'strains' of influenza in a given year only some of which are addressed by the available vaccine (though often the most common ones) and one year's vaccine does not provide immunity to subsequent years' influenza because the virus ........ Read more »
Berthoud, T., Hamill, M., Lillie, P., Hwenda, L., Collins, K., Ewer, K., Milicic, A., Poyntz, H., Lambe, T., Fletcher, H.... (2011) Potent CD8 T-Cell Immunogenicity in Humans of a Novel Heterosubtypic Influenza A Vaccine, MVA-NP M1. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 52(1), 1-7. DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciq015
Hambleton, S. (2011) A Better Grip: T Cells Strengthen Our Hand against Influenza. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 52(1), 8-9. DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciq018
Trying to capture the movement of a colony of leaf-cutter ants in a single photo is nearly impossible in my (amateur) experience. The queues of ants follow a worn-down trail in the ground that they themselves made with the impact of their little ant feet. There are ants moving in both directions, between the food [...]... Read more »
Currie, C., Scott, J., Summerbell, R., & Malloch, D. (1999) Fungus-growing ants use antibiotic-producing bacteria to control garden parasites. Nature, 398(6729), 701-704. DOI: 10.1038/19519
Schoenian, I., Spiteller, M., Ghaste, M., Wirth, R., Herz, H., & Spiteller, D. (2011) Chemical basis of the synergism and antagonism in microbial communities in the nests of leaf-cutting ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(5), 1955-1960. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1008441108
The reliability of science is increasingly under fire. We all know that media often gives a distorted picture of scientific findings (i.e. Hot news: Curry, Curcumin, Cancer & cure). But there is also an ever growing number of scientific misreports or even fraud (see bmj editorial announcing retraction of the Wakefield paper about causal relation beteen MMR vaccination [...]... Read more »
Gonon, F., Bezard, E., & Boraud, T. (2011) Misrepresentation of Neuroscience Data Might Give Rise to Misleading Conclusions in the Media: The Case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. PLoS ONE, 6(1). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014618
Barbaresi, W., Katusic, S., Colligan, R., Weaver, A., & Jacobsen, S. (2007) Modifiers of Long-Term School Outcomes for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Does Treatment with Stimulant Medication Make a Difference? Results from a Population-Based Study. Journal of Developmental , 28(4), 274-287. DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e3180cabc28
GONON, F. (2009) The dopaminergic hypothesis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder needs re-examining. Trends in Neurosciences, 32(1), 2-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.tins.2008.09.010
What I love about developmental biology is the collaborative nature of the field. The vast majority of biologists feel that by sharing ideas, data, and reagents, we can learn more than if we were all to work alone with blinders on our heads. A recent paper in Development puts forth a hypothesis about embryonic stem [...]... Read more »
The King of herrings (Regalecus glesne) is the world's longest bony fish. Also known as the giant oarfish, this gentle giant commonly reaches lengths of 7 meters, with its maximum length estimated to be 17 m!
Click the link and see photos and videos of these marvelous creatures.... Read more »
Benfield MC, Cook S, Sharuga S, & Valentine MM. (2013) Five in situ observations of live oarfish Regalecus glesne (Regalecidae) by remotely operated vehicles in the oceanic waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of fish biology, 83(1), 28-38. PMID: 23808690
Dragičević, B., Pallaoro, A., Grgičević, R., Lipej, L., & Dulčić, J. (2011) On the Occurrence of Early Life Stage of the King of Herrings, Regalecus Glesne (Actinopterygii: Lampriformes: Regalecidae), in the Adriatic Sea. Acta Ichthyologica Et Piscatoria, 41(3), 251-253. DOI: 10.3750/AIP2011.41.3.13
Taylor, J., & Saloman, C. (1968) The Oarfish, Regalecus glesne: A New Occurrence and Previous Records from the Gulf of Mexico. Copeia, 1968(2), 404. DOI: 10.2307/1441770
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